Tonight at 9:00 pm EDT on ESPN2, Grzegorz Proksa and Sergio Mora headline ESPN Friday Night Fights in a 10-round middleweight bout from Jacksonville, Florida.
Proksa (29-2, 21 KO) is a former two-time European titlist who lost his first and thus far only crack at a world title last year, when he was smashed by Gennady Golovkin in the HBO debut for both men in September. The 28-year-old Proksa -- nicknamed "Super G," which I think should have been given to GGG after their fight -- has gone from hyped European product to middleweight also-ran fairly quickly, but he's a decent fighter and an awkward, almost goofy southpaw when he's at his best.
Speaking of awkward, there's Sergio Mora (23-3-2, 7 KO), the elusive crafty righty. Mora, 32, is still best-known for winning the first season of "The Contender" back in the ancient days of 2004-05, when "HD TV" was still a thing you could see in a side-by-side comparison at Best Buy, where they'd show you the radical difference in how The Return of the King looked on HD and SD pictures. Mora is also a former (brief) world titleholder at 154 pounds, but almost nobody ever mentions that anymore. Contender this, Contender that.
Anyway, it could be a brutally ugly fight, or it could be surprisingly watchable. You never know!!
The co-feature bout is another 10-round middleweight fight, pitting Brazilian prospect Patrick Teixeira (19-0, 17 KO) against Florida club fighter Marcus Willis (13-2-2, 3 KO).